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Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

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France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for. More>>

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The Latest: Macron makes the most of France's World Cup win

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally passed the torch to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022. More>>

Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

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Russian protest group and punk band Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final. More>>

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

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Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. More>>

Russia on a high as World Cup wraps; Putin's problems remain

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The World Cup has bathed Russians and their country in a rosy light, but after the monthlong party ends and foreigners leave, President Vladimir Putin will be left with a pension crisis and unusually low ratings. More>>

Russian women push back at shaming over World Cup dating

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Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup, setting off a fierce debate in the host nation about the roles and rights of women. More>>

French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

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None of the heads of state at the World Cup final has as much fun as French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate World Cup victory

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From Napoleon's triumphal arch to hard-scrabble suburbs of Paris, France is celebrating the national soccer team's victory in the World Cup. More>>

Politics guide Syrians backing Croatia in World Cup final

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Syrian troops and residents of this town just outside the capital Damascus have watched the final match most of them hoping that Croatia would win the World Cup. More>>

AP Interview: Croatian leader says Trump, Putin key to peace

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Croatia's president hopes U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin show "responsibility" at their first summit and remember they are the guarantors of stability for the whole world. More>>

A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for World Cup

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A young France team full of speed and skill will face a veteran Croatia squad that can never be counted out in Sunday's World Cup final. More>>

The Latest: Martinez praises Belgians for style, substance

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The holes in Danny Rose's socks generated plenty of online debate during England's World Cup third-place playoff against Belgium. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at the World Cup's final day

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at the World Cup's final day. More>>

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

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Belgium earns its highest World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match. More>>

Matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France, Croatia

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A look at the matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia. More>>

Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

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Lenin statue outside the stadium where France and Croatia will play the World Cup final is sandwiched by ads for Budweiser and Visa, a sign of how far Russia has come from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. More>>

Reasons why France will win the World Cup

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Reasons why France will win the World Cup final. More>>

Reasons why Croatia will win the World Cup

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Don't write off Croatia in the World Cup final against France. More>>

Out of adversity, Modric and Croatia to play for World Cup

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Although small in stature, Luka Modric wields a big influence when he is on the soccer field. More>>

The clash: World Cup, Wimbledon men's finals could overlap

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The clash: World Cup final between France and Croatia could overlap Wimbledon men's singles final, which starts less than 2 hours earlier. More>>

The Latest: Belgium 1-0 at halftime in 3rd-place playoff

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Thomas Meunier has given Belgium a 1-0 lead over England in the World Cup third-place playoff. More>>

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

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Russia's World Cup is coming to an end, leaving the host nation with newfound confidence on the field but some host cities burdened with costly arenas. More>>

Mbappe, France to face Modric, Croatia for World Cup title

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The speedy skills of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe will be up against the cool control of Luka Modric when France faces Croatia on Sunday in the World Cup final. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup. More>>

Chelsea hires Sarri as manager, replacing fired Conte

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Chelsea has hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract. More>>

Corporations market at World Cup despite absence of US

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Business went on at the World Cup without the presence of the United States, although the tournament's visibility decreased across America. More>>

Thai soccer players crave food, wait to go home next week

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The 12 boys and their soccer coach are recovering well and in a brief new video list their food wish lists while the health minister says they're expected to be discharged next week. More>>

Waters rose, turning hour-long cave trip into 18-day ordeal

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The boys mending from their long ordeal trapped in a cave and the rescuers who brought them to safety are starting to share stories of the dangers and their survival. More>>

Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success

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In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia's surprising success at the World Cup. More>>

Miami commissioners delay vote on Beckham soccer deal

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Miami city commissioners have pushed back a vote following hours of public comment for and against David Beckham's latest soccer stadium plan. More>>

Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

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Chelsea has fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the Premier League and FA Cup titles. More>>

Southgate and Martinez tackle a game no one wants to play

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England's Gareth Southgate and Belgium's Roberto Martinez are working on a tricky coaching problem _ how to motivate a team for a game no one wants to play. More>>

Comcast, Fox both raise bids as they reach for Sky

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has increased its bid to take full control of Sky in a prolonged battle with Comcast for the lucrative pay TV service. More>>

Despite off-field chaos, limited resources, Croatia in final

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Victory over France in Moscow on Sunday would hand Croatia its first major soccer title, and create a chance for the country to build its soccer infrastructure. More>>

The Latest: Croatia, Sweden fined $50,000 for branded socks

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino says talks over changing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can ease tensions with regional neighbors. More>>

CR7 ice-cream and pizza: Ronaldo mania is in full swing

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Turin now boasts CR7 ice-cream and pizza as Ronaldo mania gets into full swing in the city. More>>

FIFA invites rescued Thai boys to London awards event

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The boys soccer team in Thailand rescued from a flooded cave this week has been invited to FIFA's annual awards event. More>>

The Latest: Pitana gets 1st and final whistles at World Cup

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Belgium outwitting Brazil in the quarterfinals has been rated by FIFA's expert panel as the best tactical success at the World Cup. More>>

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

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A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final and that's a scenario that suits Dejan Lovren just fine. More>>

Producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue

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Christian movie producers, already on the ground in Thailand, plan movie about cave rescue. More>>

Player-coach bond may have saved lives in Thai cave ordeal

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Some of the lessons of the playing field _ try your hardest, support your teammates, trust your coach _ may have helped save the lives of the 12 youth soccer players rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand. More>>

England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

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England defender Kyle Walker is finding meaning in the World Cup game no one wants to play. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead at the World Cup. More>>

Famous dive in last France-Croatia World Cup match

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One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took pace the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup. More>>

Croatia in World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

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Croatia is going to its first World Cup final. More>>

All those oh, so nears and more for England at World Cup

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England's wait to win its first trophy since 1966 goes on. More>>

Mission accomplished and boys healthy, rescuers head home

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The Thai and foreign rescuers of the youth soccer team trapped in a cave for 18 days have been heading home, as doctors said the boys have not shown any significant ill effects so far. More>>

Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, again

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Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, and it's not the first time the team he was cheering for ended up on the losing side. More>>

England's Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

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Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup. More>>

With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom Video included

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A Thai health official says the soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave lost weight during their two-week ordeal but had water and are in good health. More>>

The Latest: Video shows rescued Thai boys in hospital

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Thailand's prime minister thanks people involved in the rescue of the 12 boys and coach trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks. More>>

Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia

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Anti-discrimination experts advising FIFA say sexism has been a bigger problem than racism at the World Cup in Russia. More>>

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

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The World Cup has butted in at the NATO summit in Brussels, where British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Croatia counterpart Andrej Plenkovic have met on the sidelines to exchange national team jersey. More>>

Still smarting from France loss, Belgium looks toward Euros

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With the sting of another World Cup disappointment still fresh and an obligatory match remaining, Belgium is already weighing how much it will have to remake its roster to finally win a major title. More>>

On eve of Trump summit, Putin to meet French president

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French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin on the eve of Putin's high-stakes meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. More>>

Southgate, England ready to face music of soccer history

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Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face music of soccer history, looking ahead to a World Cup semifinal match against Croatia rather than decades of failure and hurt. More>>

AP Interview: US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission

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A leader of a U.S. contingent that was part of the operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped inside a cave says the boys endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to a half-hour, calling it a "once in a lifetime rescue.". More>>

Prince Harry, Meghan mobbed by royal fans on Dublin tour

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Prince Harry and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, have met with the Irish president on their first official overseas trip as a married couple. More>>

Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

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France advances to World Cup final for first time since 2006 with 1-0 win over Belgium. More>>

Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title

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France won its only World Cup 20 years ago thanks to a great goalkeeper and a suffocating back line; now they're one match away from doing it again. More>>

Elliott Management owns AC Milan after Li misses deadline

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Elliott Management has promised to inject 50 million euros ($66 million) in capital after taking over Italian club AC Milan. More>>

Belgium's golden generation falls short again at World Cup

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Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament again, and now the Red Devils will be wondering if their championship window has closed. More>>

US English WCup viewers drop 35 percent through quarters

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U.S. English-language television viewers for the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia were down 12 percent from four years ago, leaving the tournament 35 percent below 2014's level. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup. More>>

Coach of England wins the nation's heart by being a nice guy

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In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and political turmoil, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer's World Cup. More>>

'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave Video included

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A Thai health official says the eight boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are in "high spirits" and have strong immune systems because they are soccer players. More>>

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

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Real Madrid says Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving to join Italian club Juventus, bringing to an end a glittering nine-year spell in Spain. More>>

The Latest: Pogba dedicates France win to freed Thai players

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The Ukraine Football Federation has offered to pay a fine imposed on a Croatia official for making a contentious pro-Ukraine video at the World Cup. More>>

A day-by-day look at the Thailand cave ordeal

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A day-by-day look at the Thailand cave ordeal. More>>

Marketing firm to pay more than $24M in soccer bribery case

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A Florida-based unit of a Spanish sports media group must pay a hefty penalty after pleading guilty to bribing Latin American soccer officials. More>>

Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup

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Explaining Europe's stranglehold on the World Cup requires delving into a thick handbook of seemingly mind-numbing regulations. More>>

The Latest: Schumer says Putin will take advantage of Trump

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President Donald Trump is tweeting that NATO countries "must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS" as he prepares to depart for his four-nation European tour. More>>

Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal

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Manchester City has signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds ($80 million) as it further strengthens its team after winning the Premier League title. More>>

Southgate, England ready to face music of soccer history

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Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face music of soccer history, looking ahead to a World Cup semifinal match against Croatia rather than decades of failure and hurt. More>>

The Latest: Medic, divers who stayed with boys leave cave

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The Thai official overseeing the effort to rescue members of a teen soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says a third rescue operation has begun and aims to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach. More>>

Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer's new normal

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The four teams left in the World Cup are all European, yet their roots reach across borders and seas. More>>

Albanian fan wanted for sparking soccer match violence freed

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Ismail Morina, aka Ballisti, an Albanian wanted by Serbia after claiming to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in a European qualifier with Albania, a display that prompted fan violence, says he is free. More>>

England fans trickling into Moscow for World Cup semifinals

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Thousands more England fans are expected to descend on Moscow for their first World Cup semifinal in 28 years, but there's not much sign of them yet. More>>

A capsule look at the Croatia-England World Cup semifinal

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A capsule look at the World Cup semifinal match between Croatia and England in Moscow. More>>

Rescued Thai soccer team unable to attend World Cup final

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The youth soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand will be unable to accept FIFA's invitation to attend the World Cup final. More>>

Germany makes Mesut Ozil the scapegoat for World Cup exit

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The German soccer federation appears to have decided that Mesut Ozil is the main culprit for the team's shock early World Cup exit. More>>

Can Southgate rouse England before Croatia match?

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England coach Gareth Southgate may try to come up with a big speech before his team meets Croatia in the nation's first World Cup semifinal match since 2002. More>>

The Latest: Ambulances arrive at Thai cave as rains hit area Video included

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Thai authorities have resumed operations to rescue members of a boys' soccer team trapped in a cave after successfully getting four of the boys out Sunday. More>>

Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave Video included

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Authorities are preparing to resume extractions of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in Thailand a day after 4 boys were rescued. More>>

Buddhist meditation may calm team trapped in Thai cave

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The soccer coach stranded with 12 boys in a flooded Thai cave spent a decade as a Buddhist monk, honing a meditation skill that may serve him well during their ordeal. More>>

The Latest: Official fined, banned; player only gets warning

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Croatia has kicked ex-player Ognjen Vukojevic out of its World Cup delegation after he made a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida. More>>

Goal-fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

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Considering the attacking might of both sides, a goal-fest looks possible when France and Belgium meet Tuesday night in the World Cup semifinals. More>>

England's set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup

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Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the World Cup and England has been the master of them on its run to the semifinals. More>>

US striker Wood joins Hannover on loan from Hamburger SV

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United States striker Bobby Wood is joining Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. More>>

Crowds in Moscow make Qatar rethink 2022 World Cup plans

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The big numbers of Latin American fans who came to Russia are making 2022 World Cup organizers rethink their own plans for Qatar. More>>

4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside Video included

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Thai authorities have asked media to leave the area around the entrance of the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped for two weeks, fueling speculation that a rescue mission could be imminent. More>>

The Latest: Australia minister praises doctor assessing kids

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A Thai governor says the operation to bring out 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach from deep inside a cave where they have been trapped for two weeks has begun. More>>

The Latest: Croatia to go black and blue again at World Cup

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Soccer's international governing body says it is investigating a video made by a Croatia player praising Ukraine after his team beat World Cup host Russia in the quarterfinals. More>>

World Cup flop Spain parts ways with emergency coach Hierro

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Spain is looking for a head coach for the second time in a tumultuous month after parting ways with Fernando Hierro, who took the job two days before the team's first World Cup game. More>>

Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

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Croatia exhausted after second straight penalty shootout win; will be ready for England. More>>

Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to World Cup semifinals

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Croatia ended Russia's surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals. More>>

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

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England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. More>>

US English World Cup viewers drop 38 percent through last 16

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U.S. English-language television viewers for the World Cup's round of 16 in Russia were down 27 percent from four years ago, leaving the tournament 38 percent below 2014's level. More>>

England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

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England has to win two more games to bring the World Cup home, but the enthusiasm of some soccer fans after their team advanced to the semi-finals met international expectations. More>>

Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

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The World Cup semifinal matchups see an unlikely meeting of English fish and chips against Croatia's famous fish risotto, and France's vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. More>>

After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

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So often the source of letdowns and embarrassments, England's national soccer team is a source of national pride again. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: With Russia out, who will home fans back?

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: With 'Roo-see-ah' finally defeated, who among the World Cup's final four will win the home fans' support?. More>>

Thai officials aim to rescue kids from cave before rain hits Video included

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The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys has apologized to their parents in the first letter he and the team send out through divers. More>>

The Latest: Croats, Russians agree _ the game was amazing

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England has gone up 1-0 in its quarterfinal match against Sweden with Harry Maguire's bouncing header off a corner kick in the 30th minute. More>>

Qataris considering a 48-team option for 2022 World Cup

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Qatari organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they are open to talks about a 48-team tournament, and can see a format to host it alone. More>>

Ovechkin shows off the Stanley Cup at the World Cup

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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. More>>

Neymar, Brazil head home early _ again _ with many questions

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Brazil came to Russia with a strong team, a well-liked coach and a great star. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: England's 'easy' path runs through Sweden

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: England's path back to the World Cup final must run through Sweden, which will have something to say about how savvy English coach Gareth Southgate's strategy was. More>>

England starts same lineup, while Sweden makes 2 changes

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England coach Gareth Southgate is sending the same lineup that edged Colombia out to start against Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals, while Sweden makes two changes. More>>

Belgium eliminates Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinals

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Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer's most expensive player. More>>

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

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Antoine Griezmann's fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. More>>

Death of ex-SEAL cave diver touches Thais riveted by rescue

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A former member of the Thai navy's elite SEAL unit who volunteered to help his old comrades in their risky mission to evacuate 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partly flooded cave has become the first casualty of the massive rescue effort. More>>

Last remaining multiple World Cup champions eliminated

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Only five countries have won the World Cup more than once, but none of them have a chance to win another this year. More>>

Thai rescuers say trapped boys not yet ready to dive out Video included

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Authorities overseeing the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand say they have limited time, as they raced against worsening weather and lessening oxygen underground. More>>

The Latest: Thai schoolboys not ready for underwater escape Video included

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Croatia's national soccer team, which is competing in the World Cup, has offered its "support and love" to the young soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand. More>>

The Latest: Beckham-Ibrahimovic have friendly World Cup bet

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FIFA has fined Sweden's soccer federation 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,750) for players wearing unapproved branded socks in World Cup games. More>>

Europe assured of extending World Cup winning streak to 4

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The World Cup is staying in Europe, and it's not even a close race. More>>

2-time World Cup winner Ronaldo to refs: Protect Neymar

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Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo has a message to referees in Brazil: Protect Neymar. More>>

Pep effect: Guardiola impact showing on England at World Cup

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The World Cup triumphs of Spain and Germany in 2010 and 2014 were partly put down to the influence of Pep Guardiola, and he is having a similar impact on the England team in Russia that has reached the quarterfinals. More>>

Vested interest: Southgate leads England in sartorial style

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Vested interest: Gareth Southgate leads England into World Cup quarterfinals with sartorial style, repopularizing the waistcoat. More>>

Granqvist welcomes baby, preps for England at World Cup

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Andreas Granqvist has a lot going on right now: A new baby and England in the World Cup quarterfinals. More>>

The Latest: Cavani out for Uruguay; Tolisso in for Matuidi

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Jamie Vardy appears to be in doubt for England's World Cup quarterfinal against Sweden after missing most of his team's training session. More>>

Correction: WCup-Russia-Croatia story

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Few Russian fans ever expected to reach the quarterfinals, but midfielder Alexander Golovin is already thinking about the final. More>>

Thais fight water and oxygen levels in cave as diver dies

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Thai authorities say former navy SEAL working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen. More>>

Southgate picked England's path but now praises Sweden

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England coach Gareth Southgate picked his team's path to the quarterfinals, widely seen as easier, but now he's calling Sweden a 'bloody difficult' foe, while Sweden's coach suggests asking its vanquished opponents how tough the Swedes are to play. More>>

England's Stones calls Colombia 'dirtiest team' he's faced

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England defender John Stones describes Colombia as the "dirtiest team I've ever come up against" and says his team's ability to rise above the provocation is a sign of its growing maturity at the World Cup. More>>

The Latest: Brazil says injured Danilo out of World Cup

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Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev says he is fit to play against Croatia in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday after recovering from injury. More>>

Agent: Ronaldo 'eternally grateful' to Madrid if he leaves

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Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has told Portuguese media that the player would be "eternally grateful" to the Spanish club if he ends up leaving. More>>

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: First quarterfinals feature familiar foes

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WORLD CUP KICKOFF: First quarterfinals will pit club teammates against each other in France-Uruguay, Brazil-Belgium matchups, but all eyes will be on Neymar. More>>

Where do World Cup fans meet? At Stalin's secret bunker

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Stalin's once secret bunker becomes unlikely meeting point for Word Cup fans. More>>

Migrant workers the key to Russia's smooth-running World Cup

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Behind the veneer of Russia's smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who deal with discrimination but form a pillar of the economy. More>>

Belgium's Lukaku welcomes Brazil challenge at World Cup

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Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku won't be heard complaining that his team's reward for winning its World Cup group is ending up in what appears to be the far harder side of the draw and a quarterfinal game against Brazil. More>>

Italian soccer alarmed by ban on gambling adverts

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Italian soccer's top league has expressed "extreme worry" after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy. More>>

Hamilton hopes to watch England in World Cup final

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Four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is keeping July 15 free in his diary in case England's soccer team reaches the World Cup final. More>>

Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains Video included

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With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing against time to pump out water from inside a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach. More>>

World Cup's 4th substitutes more than just penalty takers

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World Cup's fourth substitutes try to win the game in extra time, not in the shootout. More>>

Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts

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Brazil coach Tite isn't a fan of penalty shootouts, but he doesn't have any better ideas. More>>

Russians advised to shower in pairs because of World Cup

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Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting strain on water supplies. More>>

After the hand and the bite, Suarez gets his head right

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After the hand of 2010 and the teeth of 2014, Luis Suarez looks like he's gotten his head right for Uruguay at this World Cup, which could be his last. More>>

Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

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German great Lothar Mattaeus says Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world's best player. More>>

The Latest: FIFA "rebukes" Maradona criticism of referee

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Russian police have briefly detained several activists protesting political repressions outside a World Cup stadium. More>>

Thai official says boys may be taken out of cave in stages Video included

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The soccer teammates stranded more than a week in a partly flooded cave say they are healthy on a new Thai navy video. More>>

The Latest: Boys may be taken out of Thai cave in stages Video included

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The Thai official overseeing the rescue operation of a soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says the boys have been practicing wearing diving masks and breathing. More>>

The Latest: Rain ends play early on Day 3 at Wimbledon

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Play is underway on Day 3 at Wimbledon, with former finalist Milos Raonic of Canada among the early starters as the second round begins at the All England Club. More>>

Beckham's latest Miami stadium plan targets golf course

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David Beckham's latest plan for Miami MLS stadium may be headed to city's voters. More>>

Belgium's high scorers take on Brazil's miserly defense

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To get past Belgium in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Brazil has to do something it has not been able to do since it last won the tournament in 2002 _ overcome European opposition in the knockout stages. More>>

'O Monstro' Thiago Silva back to his best in Russia

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Four years Brazil's humiliation at its home World Cup, Thiago Silva is back to his best in Russia, a country where his then-burgeoning career was almost tragically cut short years ago. More>>

France-Uruguay pits speed vs. defense in World Cup quarters

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It will be France's searing speed against Uruguay's stingy defense in the World Cup quarterfinals, with the winner getting Brazil or Belgium. More>>

Andersson the understated symbol of post-Ibrahimovic Sweden

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The retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowed Sweden's soccer team to forge a new path under coach Janne Andersson. More>>

England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup

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England ended its long run of penalty misery and reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years, beating Colombia 4-3 in a shootout. More>>

US World Cup ratings down 42 percent without American team

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The lack of a U.S. team caused a 42 percent viewership drop of group-stage World Cup telecasts, from 3.54 million on ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox four years ago in Brazil to 2.07 million on Fox and FS1 this year. More>>

After impressing at World Cup, Iceland goalie joins Qarabag

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After impressing at the World Cup, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson has been sold by Danish team FC Randers to Azerbaijan champion Qarabag. More>>

Pickford the hero as England's penalty curse ends

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Just 2 years old when England last won a penalty shootout, Jordan Pickford grew up as England's aversion to shootouts turned into a national obsession. More>>

Fan detained at World Cup after statue vandalized

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Moscow police said they have detained a person after a statue was vandalized at the stadium where England played Colombia in the World Cup. More>>

British divers bring experience to Thai cave drama

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The British divers who were the first to reach 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded in a flooded cave in Thailand have years of experience in cave rescues. More>>

Forecast of heavy rain could complicate Thai cave rescue Video included

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A top Thai official says heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in a mountain cave, forcing authorities to speed up their extraction of the 12 boys and the soccer coach who are trapped there. More>>

Migrants anxious to start anew in Europe after Libya 'hell'

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After surviving Libyan 'hell,' migrants on Spanish rescue ship anxious to start anew in Europe. More>>

Colombia coach laments fouls against England at World Cup

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Colombia coach Jose Pekerman lamented the fouls that marred his team's World Cup match against England. More>>

The Latest: Fan detained after "England" inscribed on statue

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Alex Ovechkin is bringing the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. More>>

Forsberg, the quiet heir to Ibrahimovic, delivers for Sweden

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Emil Forsberg scored a deflected goal in the 66th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years. More>>

Switzerland's dismal record in knockout stages endures

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Switzerland's dismal record in the knockout stages of major tournaments continued with a 1-0 defeat by Sweden. More>>

Suarez to Griezmann: Stop pretending to be Uruguayan

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Luis Suarez has a message for France forward Antoine Griezmann: Stop pretending to be Uruguayan. More>>

CONCACAF boss targets 2026 World Cup for better results

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The head of North American soccer says the region's teams need until 2026 at a home World Cup to reach their full potential. More>>

Russia tries to shake off doping scandals at World Cup

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Russia hopes its surprise World Cup success is finally bringing it out of the shadow of the Sochi Olympics. More>>

Croatia goalkeeper Subasic honors dead friend at World Cup

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Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has worn a shirt with the picture of former teammate Hrvoje Custic under his jersey for years, his way of honoring a close friend who died a decade ago. More>>

Nigeria captain hid dad's abduction, played World Cup match

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Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says he was told four hours before his country's crucial World Cup game against Argentina that his father had been kidnapped back home and would be shot if the player reported it to authorities. More>>

World Cup quarterfinals exclusive to Europe, South America

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The quarterfinals are all-European and South American for the first time since 2006. More>>

UEFA to review investigation of Paris Saint-Germain finances

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UEFA will re-examine an investigation into Paris Saint-Germain's finances which was closed last month. More>>

World Cup headed goal like never before sparks Belgium win

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One of the most amazing headed goals in World Cup history turned Belgium's night around. More>>

Belgium beats Japan 3-2 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

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Nacer Chaldi capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium a 3-2 victory over Japan and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. More>>

The Latest: Thai authorities weigh cave extraction options Video included

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A Thai provincial governor says all 12 boys and their coach have been found alive in the cave where they went missing over a week ago in northern Thailand. More>>

Boys, coach in stable health after 10 days lost in Thai cave Video included

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Rescue divers are advancing in the main passageway inside the flooded cave in Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing more than a week. More>>

Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals

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Neymar flaunted his flair and his theatrics with a goal and an assist to lead Brazil into the quarterfinals at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico. More>>

The Latest: Devastated coach tells players to take a shower

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Denmark's former goalkeeper and the father of the current goalie is praising the team after it was eliminated from the World Cup in a penalty shootout. More>>

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